Sections
►Audio

What’s going on with the subway! Gersh, Vince, and Lenore Skenazy talk trains on BPR!

Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Get our stories in your inbox, free.

Like Brooklyn Paper on Facebook.

Brooklyn Paper Radio

What’s wrong with the MTA, should drivers be allowed to park for free on city streets, and in what line of work can our hosts and guests make a living?

Columnist Lenore Skenazy joined Vince and Gersh to figure it all out on another scintillating edition of Brooklyn Paper Radio when the author of “Has the World Gone Skenazy? Thoughts on Pop Culture, Pet Peeves, and Sporks” first claimed that the problems with the subway are not in our heads.

“It reminds me of the 1980s when you always had to add an extra half hour to your commute to make sure you got to work on time,” Skenazy said. “God forbid the train just might stop, and about half the time, it does.”

Of course, none of this matters to DiMiceli, the well-paid editor of a major metropolitan newspaper chain who eschews the subway for a brand-new Subaru Outback with heated — and cooled — leather seats, and sees the problems with the trains as just another excuse used by his terminally late employees.

“Frankly, I’m tired of it,” he said from his soapbox. “I always account for traffic when I have my driver takes me to work, and it is high time my team of reporters and editors start waking up earlier to make sure they get to work on time.”

Skenazy then claimed that cars, and not just malfunctioning undergrounds, were a big part of the problem with city living, pointing out that drivers are allowed to park them for free in public places for extended periods of time, and that space could be used for other, more useful, purposes.

“Maybe that space could be used for faster buses or wider bike lanes,” she said. “Or both.”

All that went down after co-host Kuntzman lambasted DiMiceli for letting a typo slip through in a headline and allowing a reporter to kick off a story with the weather.

“Look, it is a well-known secret that I lobbied to get my old job back at the The Brooklyn Paper, and its mistakes like this that prove I should have gotten it.” Kuntzman said.

Of course, the pampered DiMiceli would have none of it, pointing out that it is hard for him to edit stories when he’s on another one of his long weekend getaways.

“The weather in Philadelphia was just wonderful this weekend, Gersh, and on Monday,” he said. “Have you been to the Franklin Institute? Fabulous.”

Finally, the three journalists contemplated an imaginary world where they can go to work everyday, write whatever they want, and still get paid — something that clearly will never happen thanks to a similar writing style that is shunned by the media elite and the literati.

“You are an enemy of earnestness, just as I am,” Kuntzman said to Skenazy. “We need to banish earnestness from American letters.”

Sadly, the three — or at least two of the three — agreed that would never happen.

“Columnist don’t get paid enough to pay for the phone calls they need to make to get the job done,” Skenazy said.

At which point DiMiceli thank his co-host and guest, ended the show, had a shot of whiskey from his in-office bar, called his driver and was taken home.

Brooklyn Paper radio is recorded and podcast live every Tuesday at 4:30 pm — for your convenience — from our studio in America’s Downtown and can be found, as always, right here on on iTunes, and of course, on Stitcher. You can hear the latest show constantly streaming at brooklynpaper.com/radio.

Updated 4:13 pm, June 30, 2017
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Get our stories in your inbox, free.

Like Brooklyn Paper on Facebook.

Reasonable discourse

Sean F from Bensonhurst says:
The headlines on these BPR articles always make the podcast sound interesting, but the write-up always makes me decline to listen to them. For writers, editors and media moguls, you guys need to do a better job driving traffic to your podcasts.
June 29, 1:31 pm
Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr. from BS, BK, NY, US, formerly from WB, BK, NY, US says:
Several decades of bureaucracy, corruption and deception by our own city, state and federal elected officials, as well as several decades of mismanagement, underinvestment and waste by the MTA and the unionized contractors and subcontractors to fix the subway system, a bad combination for us taxpayers and straphangers to foot the bill.
June 30, 11:24 am

Enter your comment below

By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:

You agree that you, and not BrooklynPaper.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to BrooklynPaper.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.